Bright Hues – A Little Goes a Long Way

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In the dead of winter, it can be hard to find any color inspiration amid the gray. Luckily, I work in a place where color never ends. I come by loving color naturally as my hair and nail color change as frequently as the weather. As soon as I see the new products for upcoming seasons, it’s the colors that excite my senses (and hair color)!

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Here are some great colors that will warm you up during these last cold days of winter. Raspberry will put some flush into your cheeks. This not quite red is still hot from furniture to rugs. Even just a hint of this Raspberry will perk up any space or face.

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Azure, the hue halfway between blue and cyan, will have you dreaming of blue skies and possibly a tropical paradise. This cool to the touch hue, works well with other colors and is easy to introduce to your child’s playroom or bedroom without feeling blue.

 

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Talk about hot; with neon Yellow on your mind you could start a fire with this much color. This color from the lime yellow to a mellow version is ready to stoke your senses. Use as much or little as needed to intensify any corner of your environment.

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Imagine the warmth and inspiration created when these colors work together! These perfectly balanced patterns and palettes from our artisans can start creations or enliven any room.

You can find all the products shown above at The Land of Nod.

By: Julia DeNamur

Growing up Julia loved color so much she gave her crayons different genders and specific positions in the box based on who they got along with. Fast forward to adulthood, and Julia had the opportunity to work for a paint company where she honed her eye for color, and sometimes even got to name colors things like Dandelion Scream and Wild Child. Today Julia works at Nod as a Graphic Designer, and channels her love of color into her constantly changing hair & nail colors, as well as colorful designs for Nod's website.

A Sewing Kit for a Little Sewer

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Every little sewer needs a pretty sewing kit.

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To make your little sewer a kit, use an old biscuit/cookie tin and personalize it with a hand-drawn label.

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Include a variety of supplies: embroidery hoops, needles, silks, and buttons.

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The prettier the buttons, the better… include some personal buttons from your collection, and a few fancy new ones.

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Pretty soon, your little sewer will love sewing as much as you do.

My girls and I really enjoy sewing together, perhaps our sewing projects for pre-schoolers will inspire you.

Post by Helen Bird : www.curlybirds.typepad.com

Four Steps to a Book Nook

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If your little bookworm is always bugging you for a story, consider building them a cozy little nook where they can read their favorite book again and again.

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Start with a rug for coziness. Find one that’s soft, but also durable to withstand the test of time.

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Choose the right soft seating. Beanbags, poufs and cushions are lightweight and comfy.

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Use storage bins and book caddies instead of traditional bookcases. They’re the perfect height for little hands.

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Add your books. Select an eclectic mix, since you never know what your little ones will be in the mood to read.

Croissant and Panetone Bread Pudding

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Recently I had some left over croissants and a big chunk of leftover Panetone – they were starting to go stale, so I decided to make bread pudding. Bread pudding tends to be a dessert in my grandmother’s home, but I thought I could change it up and make it for breakfast. I’m so glad I did. It turned out great – a warm sweet and comforting breakfast in a bowl – perfect for a gloomy and cold weekend. Just make sure you have enough mouths to feed or else you’ll eat it all yourself!

Croissant and Panetone Bread Pudding

  • Butter, for baking dish
  • 3 croissants and large chunk of Panetone, torn into pieces, enough to fill your baking dish
  • 1 cup of milk (2%)
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, cream, eggs, apple sauce, brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Arrange bread in dish. Pour custard over bread. Bake until custard is set, 45 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature and dust with confectioners sugar if you wish.

If you serve this for dessert you can add a dollop of whipped cream for garnish.

*Because the Panetone is quite sweet there is no need for a lot of sugar – you can adjust this amount to your taste.

Post by Giulia Doyle : Audrey's